By Michael Garko, In Airline News
In an another attempt to increase media attention, low-cost carrier Ryanair has decided to slash its operations at Madrid and Barcelona in protest of higher taxes at the airports.
“Ryanair objects to the Spanish government’s decision to double airport taxes at both MAD and BCN airports,” Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said. “These route and traffic cuts can be reversed but only when the Spanish Government and its airports monopoly AENA reverse these tax increases and cuts its high airport charges.”
Beginning with its winter schedule in November, Ryanair will end 11 routes from Madrid and four from Barcelona according to Air Transport World. In addition to the route cuts, 46 routes will see a reduction in frequencies at the two airports.
The airline estimates the schedule reduction will cost 2,000 jobs and 2.3 million passengers annually through the airports.